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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 11/25/2010

Vikings' new coach ready to turn things around

By Jason Reid

Before the season, the Minnesota Vikings were considered among the leading candidates to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

But the Vikings have a 3-7 record. And after a 31-3 blowout loss on Minnesota's home field to the rival Green Bay Packers in Week 11, Vikings owner Ziggy Wilf fired former coach Brad Childress Monday. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier is the team's new interim coach.

It would seem that the Vikings, who lost by three points in overtime in last season's NFC championship game, are a complete mess right now. Frazier, however, believes the team is capable of finishing strong. He hopes to lead a turnaround in the final six games, beginning Sunday against the Redskins at FedEx Field.

"I just finished talking with them [the players] just a few moments ago, and we talked exactly about that [how to finish the season]," Frazier said earlier this week in a conference call with reporters who cover the Redskins. "Hopefully, this will be a blueprint of the way we're gonna play the rest of the season."

Despite many off-field distractions, the Vikings will compete in their remaining games, Frazier said.

"We're trying to get everybody refocused on where it has to be, and get our focus on the Washington Redskins," he said. "Just based on my interaction ... with some of our players, I think they're moving in the right direction."

Considered one of the league's top coordinators, Frazier is running an entire program at football's highest level for the first time. Not surprisingly, he has been busier than usual this week.

"Well, I'll tell ya, [it has] been hectic, to say the least," he said. "But we gotta get to this done. It's extremely, extremely important to so many. Trying to get our players to focus on what we have to focus on is critical. And we'll get it done."

Frazier's name has been included on many lists for head-coaching vacancies in the past few seasons. Now that he has been given an opportunity to lead a team, even on an interim basis, "I really haven't had a lot of time to think about how things happened," he said. "There have been so many things that needed to be done and addressed that it's just been dealing with, whatever, one issue after another issue.

"I haven't had a chance to just sit back and reflect on some of the things that have occurred. There have been a lot of decisions that needed to be made."

Usually when a head coach is fired during the season, an assistant coach from the team's staff is promoted to the interim role. Frazier served under Childress and played a major role in devising the Vikings' current program, but he has some new ideas as well.

During the course of this week and for the remainder of the season, "there's some things that you can do that, hopefully, will turn attitudes and change the mindset of our football team. That's gonna be half the battle," Frazier said. "We have struggled throughout this season, coming into a year where we had high expectations.

"So you've got to get guys back focused on what needs to be done. And emotionally engaged in what needs to be done, and that's the challenge that's before me and the rest of our coaches."

By Jason Reid  | November 25, 2010; 11:36 AM ET
 
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Comments

"Because tribal man is a cosmic skin-diver.."

Damn shame to hear about Portis. His heart definitely pushed his body too hard that time, though maybe Shanahan could've held him back better..And to all you Portis-hatahs, see how well he ran as soon as he came back, dude was flyin' around like he was 26..Get well soon, Portis we'll miss ya..

Posted by: frak | November 25, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yeah? So what?

What else did you expect them to say, "We're just gonna phone it in and play for draft position next year"?

Bring it. We're pretty determined too.

See ya Sunday.

Posted by: edvar | November 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Ain't rooting for dallas , just can't do it and anyone that does so in my house will be shown the door.

Posted by: wireman65 | November 25, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Teams we need to root for this week:

Dallas over New Orleans (gag)
Atlanta over Green Bay
Jacksonville over NYG
Chicago over Philthy
Baltimore over Tampa Bay (gag again)


Posted by: freakzilla | November 25, 2010 11:19 AM |

Hell no!

The Bears, Buccs and Giants are shat. The Saints and Falcons are in no matter how hard you root against them - just too good.

The Bears, Buccs and Giants will collapse and the Skins can get in at 10-6 or 9-7 depending on how hard those teams falls.

The Skins can sweep the Giants and beat the Buccs; then have to find one or two more victories between the Vikings, Jaguars, and Cowboys.

Root Skins over Vikings! And let the best teams win.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Vikings' new coach ready to turn things around." By Jason Reid

Starting next week..

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Happy Turkey day RI dudes. I'm off to Thanksgiving dinner at the Klumps. It's BYOGM (Bring Your Own Gas Mask). To coin a phrase, them Klump dudes really know how to stink up a joint real good.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

The Vikings will bring their best game of the year this week. I smell upset...not happy about it, but all the signs point to it.

Posted by: rich20ssu | November 25, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

SICWIDIT'S POLL O' THA' DAY!

Who is the most bitter ex-Redskin?
a) John Riggins
b) LaVar Arrington
c) Brian Mitchell
d) Jason Campbell

don't hear them much, but B-Mitch seems to have it

Who's the greatest "Bullet" of all time?
a) Elvin "EEEEEE" Hayes
b) Wes Unseld
c) Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
d) Phil Chenier

Wes was the best, but the Pearl was the most fun to watch. Bullets had a chance at the #1 overall pick in back to back years. Lost the coin flip both times and picked second -- and got Monroe, then Unseld. The #1 overall pick, just before Unseld (if I recall correctly), was Elvin Hayes. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the late Gus Johnson -- who holds the all-time record for shattering backboards, at 3.

Who has been the best player acquisition of Allen/Shanahan era so far:
a) Trent "Silverback" Williams
b) Brandon Banks
c) Artis Hicks
d) Donovan McNabb

Gotta be TW

My ________________makes the nastiest___________ at Thanksgiving

can't go nasty on TG

What's the drink of choice today?
a) beer
b) wine
c) Vodka
d) Scotch
e) Tequila
f) I don't drink!

f (sadly)

If Jake Locker or Andrew Luck fell to the Skins in the 1st round, should we take them?
a) Yes
b) No

Don't know much about college QBs, but the 1 series I saw Luck play, he was amazing.

If you could get a 2nd round pick for him, would you trade Laron Landry?
a) Hell No!
b) Hmmm...I'd think about it
c) Absolutely

b -- depends on his contract situation, not sure what that is. But I'd hope to get more than a second round pick for a guy early on in his prime years

Have at it RI!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: frak | November 25, 2010 11:56 AM |

Dude - you seem to be a lonely guy. Why not join me for dinner at the Klumps? They'll be glad to set an extra place just for you.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Damn shame to hear about Portis. His heart definitely pushed his body too hard that time, though maybe Shanahan could've held him back better..And to all you Portis-hatahs, see how well he ran as soon as he came back, dude was flyin' around like he was 26..Get well soon, Portis we'll miss ya..

Posted by: frak

Its not a damn shame, its a royal Shanny screw up. I made the call last week on RI -- have Portis put in 1 week of full speed practice before putting him out on the field. He wasn't close to that. I'm sure lots of others, just from reading the reports, realized he wasn't ready either

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2010 12:12 PM |

Lonely Guy #2! I just checked with the Klumps and they can accomodate U 2 #2!

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Its not a damn shame, its a royal Shanny screw up. I made the call last week on RI -- have Portis put in 1 week of full speed practice before putting him out on the field. He wasn't close to that. I'm sure lots of others, just from reading the reports, realized he wasn't ready either

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2010 12:19 PM |

zce,

This is BS how long would you have liked for them to hold the spot all f-cking year. The doctors said he was ready and Portis wanted to play, they had to give it a go.

The injury requires 6 weeks to heal thats how long he was out, he didn't even re-injure the same spot it was higher on his body.

Every player this time of year has injuries and most of them play, if anything Shanny should have put him on IR when the injury first happened.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I smell upset...

Posted by: rich20ssu | November 25, 2010 12:11 PM |

If you was having Turkey Dinner w/me at the Klumps that wouldn't be the only thing you'd be smelling.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Zeke- except for the simple fact that it was an abdomen tear.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that the Washington Redskins running back will be placed on injured reserve with a torn muscle in the lower abdomen.

The NEW INJURY is just above the area of the torn left groin that caused Portis to miss five games. Portis returned from the groin injury for Sunday's game against Tennessee but lasted only five carries before getting hurt again.

Portis will have surgery and require at least two months of rehabilitation, ending his season with a career-low 227 yards on 54 carries with two touchdowns.

and no thanks on being at the table with the KLUMPS- fartz

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 25, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I see the Patriots in red, white, and blue uni's and think:

Where's Steve Grogan?

Isn't Irv Fryar playing today?

Is Mike Haynes healthy?

What, no Jon Hannah?

I hope Craig James gets a chance to run the ball.

I wonder if Sam "Bam" Cunningham knows he's related to Randall Cunningham.

'Cuz he is.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 25, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

In short, with a $3 million salary looming in 2011, by structuring the signing bonus in this manner, the Redskins can terminate Rabach's contract without cap accounting consequence in 2011, meaning with zero dead money. Had the team not negotiated this provision, Rabach's dead money would have been $2.8 million. Therefore, one can conclude, in part, that the Redskins were uncertain of Rabach's role beyond 2010 and structured a contract accordingly.

In 2010, Montgomery was slated to play under the non-guaranteed, one-year restricted free agent tender of $1.2 million and could potentially have become an unrestricted free agent heading into 2011. A few days prior to the season opener, the Redskins renegotiated his contract to include a second year of 2011.

Montgomery's renegotiated contract reduced his 2010 salary from $1.2 million to $630,000 with a guaranteed 2010 bonus of $120,000 and per-game roster bonuses of $3,125 for each game he's on the 45-man active roster (totaling $50,000 if he's on the active roster for all 16 games). His 2011 contract year contains no guaranteed money, and, in addition to a $640,000 salary, also has per-game roster bonuses totaling $110,000.

Blah, blah, blah ... All this farting around with the chump change in Knockedbach's and Monty's contracts from a crew that just dumped $41 M of guaranteed coin in AH's pockets and got practically nothing out of it. Never has there been a better instance of the old saw "penny wise and pound foolish".

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Here are the eight NFC teams that are in the playoff race - not including the west. They are listed in rank for home field advantage, follow by the number of winnings teams each has beaten, then finally their strength of victory.

Atlanta 3 36
Philadelphia 4 36
Chicago 1 22
New Orleans 2 27
Green Bay 2 27
Tampa Bay 0 17
New York 1 22
Washington 3 29

So you can see that Tampa has not yet won a game against a winning team. While NY beat Chicago and Chicago's one victory against a winning team was against GB - the game in which GB had at least 16 penalties. Unless these teams find a way of beating a winning club then they will not be in the playoff picture much longer.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 25, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 25, 2010 12:44 PM |

Dude - you gets to sit right next to Granpa Klump. He wants to hear all about them Pats of your Yore.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 25, 2010 12:44 PM |

Dude - you gets to sit right next to Granpa Klump. He wants to hear all about them Pats of your Yore.

Posted by: FartezDudmore | November 25, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Gobble Gobble

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 25, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Unless these teams find a way of beating a winning club then they will not be in the playoff picture much longer.

The listed data also begs the following question:

Is the NFC that bad?

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 25, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Detroit's defensive line is all over Brady.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 25, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

OH HAPPY DAY..... now that the Vikings have "co-coaches"!!!

Posted by: wp121606 | November 26, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

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